iPhone Thief Writes Out 1,000 Contacts, Sends Them To Owner

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It would be next to impossible to ever label an iPhone thief “thoughtful” — but a recent story coming out of China took a turn for the strange when the thief in question painstakingly wrote out eleven pages of contact details and sent them to the owner of the iPhone he had pickpocketed.

The thief is believed to have taken the device from a man named Zou Bin who, like many people, had a large number of contact details on his phone with no backup copy.

“I know you are the man who sat beside me. I can assure you that I will find you,” Bin said in a text message to the thief.

“Look through the contact numbers in my mobile and you will know what trade I am in,” he continued. “Send me back the phone to the address below if you are sensible.”

According to reports, Bin works in an industry long reported to have links with gang activity.

Days after sending his message, Bin received a parcel containing his SIM card and pages of handwritten contact numbers — although no iPhone.

Chinese Internet users have given the thief a pass, however — labeling him “the conscience of the (theft) industry”.

“What a sympathetic and faithful thief, one who values professional ethics,” posted a user on Sina Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter.

  • Gavin Blur

    find the thief and throw the book at him – no sympathy for theft! period… end of story!

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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